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CHATHAM COUNTY, NC - WILLS - Rachel Ward, 8 Mar 1804
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Rachel Ward Will  - 1804 - Chatham Co. Record of Wills Vol. A.
Pg. 210 (bottom printed) 90 (top written)
NCSA film # .022.80001

In the name of God Amen, I Rachel Ward of the County of Chatham and
State of North Carolina being weak of body but of perfect sense and
memory do make and declare this my last will and testament duly revoking
all former wills by me made and first and principally I give my soul to
--- my God and body to the earth to be buried in a Christian and decent
manner by my executors hereafter named and as for my worldly estates I
give the same as followeth. First it is my will that Davidson? Shall
have all my personal property; Item: I give the land I now live on to my
daughter Susannah Davidson & after her death to her children; and I do
hereby nominate & appoint my son in law John Davidson and my daughter
Susannah Davidson my whole? And sole executors of this my last will and
testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & fix'd my seal
this 8th day of March one thousand eight hundred & four.
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of
G. Gee
David Smith                             Rachel (her "R" mark) Ward
                                        Proved by David Smith
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Abstract of Will of Martha Ward - dated 13 July 1833, Probated Aug. Court 1834

Will Bk. C, pg. 10

Brother, Nathaniel Ward,

Wit.: William Yates, W. S. Fuller?   Martha  (her "X" mark) Ward

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Will of Michael Welch - Chatham Co., NC Wills, 1784
Vol. 1, pg. 10a, 20 - NC State Archives film #C022.5001

"In the name of God Amen the 13th March & I Michael Welch of the county
of chatham State of North carolina being weak in body but of good and
sound memory Thanks be to almighty God and calling to Remembrance the
uncertain Estate of this life and that all flesh must yeal [yield] to
Death when it shall please God to call do make constitute ordain and
Declare this my last will and Testament in maner and form as following
Revoking and annulling by these presents all and every Testament or
Testaments, will and wills heretofore by me made & declared either by
Word or Writing and this is to be taken only for my last will &
Testament & none other __ Item first give and commit my soul unto
almighty God who gave it and my body to be decently buried in such place
where it shall please my Executors hereafter named to appoint and now
for the the settling of my temporeal Estate Item I bequest to my well
beloved son Wm. Welch one shilling sterling also to my son Henry Welch
one shilling Sterling to my son in law James Moffat one shilling
Sterling such goods chattles and debts as hath pleased God from above to
bestow upon me. I do order give and dispose the same in manner and form
as follows that is to say first I will that all these debts and dues as
I owe in right or conscence any manner of person or persons whatsoever
shall be will and truly contested and paid or ordered to be paid within
a covenant time after my decease by my Executors hereafter named  - Item
I give and bequath unto my well beloved wife Eve Welch all my estate
real and personal to be disposed of or at her discretion and do hereby
appoint and constitute my well beloved wife Eve Welch and Mark Brooks
Executors of this my last Will and Testament in Testimony hereof I have
thereunto I set my hand and seal the 20th Day of September 1779.
                Signed Michaell Welch  {Seal}
Test.
James Kenneborough
Mark Brooks
            Proved in open Court November Session 1784 by the Oath of
Mark Brooks.
                A Copy Test. John Ramsey C.C.
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Will of Walter Welch - Made 12 Sept., 1797 - Proved Aug., 1798
Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Estates, Vol. 2, pg. 133
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001 - 1782-1799

In the Name of God, Amen, Whereas I Walter Welch of North Carolina
Chatham County tho weak in my body yet sound in my memory and
understanding & being sensible of the inconveniences that may ensue in
case, I do not (now?) set my house in Order, before I am Call'd by the
Lord from this Earthly Tabernacle.
Do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner an form
following (to wit)
My desire is that my beloved Wife Mary should have and enjoy during her
natural Life an Widowhood one third part of all (household furniture-
marked out) my Land where she may choose one horse, one cow, one feather
bed & furniture & on third part of the household furniture & plantation
working Tooles.
Item - I give unto my son Mathew one fourth of the land or the value
thereof, after one third is taken out above, one horse, one cow & calf,
one feather bed & furniture & one fourth part of the plantation tools &
household furniture to him & his heirs forever-
Item  I give to my son Walter one fourth part of the land as above one
horse one cow & calf, one feather Bed & furniture tolls & household
furniture to him & his Heirs forever-
Item  I give to my son James one fourth part of the land as above, one
horse, one cow & calf one feather bed & furniture, tools & household
furniture to him & his heirs for Ever -
Item  I give to my son Isaac one fourth part of the land as above, one
Horse, one Cow & Calf, one father Bed & furniture tools & household
furniture to him & his Heirs for ever -
Item  I give to my Daughter Mary one Horse & saddle one cow & calf, one
feather bed & furniture to her & her Heirs forever-
Item  I give to my Daughter Alice one Horse & saddle one Cow & Calf one
feather bed & furniture to her & her Heirs forever.
Item  I give to my Daughter Catharine one Horse & saddle one Cow & calf,
one feather bed & furniture to her & her heirs forever.
My desire is that my waggon be sold & the money arising therefrom be
equally divided between my Daughters Mary, Alice & Catharine and at the
decease or marriage of my beloved wife Mary the Land I lend her be
equally divided between my sons Mathew, Walter, James, & Isaac. I hereby
constitute & appoint my beloved Wife Mary, & Lem'l Smith, my whole &
sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament, In Witness whereof I
have hereunto set my hand & affix'd my seal this 12th day of Sept'r in
the year of our Lord Christ 1797.
                        Sign'd  Walter (his X mark) Welch
Sign'd & Seal'd in precence of
Lemuel Smith  (X)
Bethania Smith
                Duly proved by oath of Lem'l Smith a subscribing Witness thereto-
Aug't Term, 1798
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CHATHAM COUNTY, NC - WILLS - Robert Whinnery, 21 Jun 1809
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Robert Whinnery Will - 1809
Chatham Co., NC Record of Wills
Vol. A pg. 164
NCSA film # .022.80001

Be it remembered that I Robert Whinnery of Chatham County State of North
Carolina being sick and weak and weak in body and of perfect mind and
sound memory calling to mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is
appointed to all men once to die: Do make and ordain this my last will
and testament in manner and form following, first I order that my
funeral charge and just debts be paid out of my estate the remainder of
which I will and bequeath in the following manner.
First; to my beloved wife Mary Whinnery, I give and order that she have
her maintenance on my land and privilege of the House and buildings a s
long as she remains my Widow.
Item. I give to my said Wife tow horses and two cows and two sheep and
three part of the Household goods, two share ploughs and one cutter
plough, one iron toothed harrow and double trees and gun sufficient for
two creatines? and all the weeding hoes, sprouting hoes axes & mattocks
on the place: these to be and remain hers during her widowhood that is
so long as she remains my widow, and one Feather Bed and Beading, one
Spinning wheel all the bar iron in my possession I allow to go to the
use of the family and likewise give a ???  heirs? my right of the
company school house  I allow and lot I allow to go to the use of the
family 'till my son Thomas arrives to perfect age. All my stock of swine
and all my grain in the Barn or Crib or on hand Y& all my rough feed I
allow to go to the use the family.
To my daughter Eleanor's husband Joseph Alan and to my son John and to
my daughter Sarah being p??? off according to my former. ? I will and
ordain?? that each of them have out of my estate one dollar. To my
daughter Margaret I will on Cow and two sheep, with one third part of my
household property. To my daughter Mary i will and bequeath one Cow and
Two sheep with the other third part of my household property. The said
Household furniture to be equally divided among or between my wife Mary
and my two daughters Margaret and Mary the --- Bed and Wheel left to my
wife to be valued in her third part of said household goods.
I will and ordain that my son Robert have one hundred acres of land
including the improvement called Stephen Johnstons and two hundred acres
including my Father improvements. To my son William I will and ordain
that he have part of the tract that I now live on the North side of the
same beginning on Reedy Branch, Branton's corner & running down said
Branch to the mouth of the Spring Branch then up the said spring Branch
including a spring called Samuel's Spring and from thence, West course
as far as the Land left to my son Robert. All on the South side I give
to my son Thomas except one hundred acres of the three hundred acre
tract, which I give to my son William share excepting the house and land
for my above said wife as long as she remains my widow. Item I give to
my three sons Robert, William and Thomas my right of the company school
house above mentioned when my said son Thomas arrives to perfect age. To
my wife Mary I give one side saddle and all my stock of bees to be at
their own? disposal. If any of my children should die before they come
to perfect age and without issue, fo the Girls their part above
mentioned to be equally divided between the remaining ones and my widow.
And if any of my sons die before they come of perfect age and without
issue (to wit) Robt. William and Thomas, his or their part or parts of
the land shall be given to the surviving son or sons of the three above
mentioned. If my widow should die before either of the Girls Margaret
and Mary her part of the Household furniture shall be equally divided
between my said two daughters Margaret and Mary. And if my widow should
die before either of my sons, Robert, William or Thomas the horse
creatures, cows and sheep guns and farming tools bequeathed to her in
this will shall be equally divided among my said three sons, Robert,
William and Thomas. All articles not mentioned in the will I allow to be
exposed to public sale for the payment of debts and repairing of the
house I now live in.
And if there be any remainder I give the same to my three sons Robert
William and thomas to each of them in equal parts. My Negro called
wilson shall be free and at liberty to work for himself, provided he can
give sufficient security according to law and if he cannot give such
security I order my executors to hire him out and apply this price of
his labor to the use of said Negro that is to say if after a term of
time he can get security the wages that he may have earned to be
returned to him and if not il it be kept for his use and support when he
becomes helpless or otherwise necessitous? And said Negro should die
before he give such securities and anything of his property remains
after his funeral charges are paid I will it to be equally divided among
my three sons Robert, William and Thomas.
And lastly, I nominate .... and appoint my trusty friends Solomon Dixon
and Hugh Woody whole and sole Executors of this my last will and
testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the
21st day of June month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and nine
                                        Robert Whinnery  {Seal}
Signed Sealed Pronounced
and ordained by Robert
Whinnery to be his last will
& testament in presence of us
Ephraim Doan
Elizer Brown
Thomas Holoday       Proved May Term 1809 by Thomas Holoday.
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John White Will dated 14 July, 1798 - probated July 1799
Chatham Co., N.C. Wills, Vol. A, 1798-1819, pg. 141-B
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.80001

In the name of God, Amen. I John White of the County of Chatham being
sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory do constitute this present
writing to be my last Will and Testament.
Item. I give unto my loving wife all my lands with all the rest my
estate during her life-
Item. I give unto my daughter Lucy Parker one bed and furniture-
Item. Having given all my children a proportional part of my property
(except my son John White) and after the death of my wife, he is to heir
the whole of my Estate real and personal. I do hereby constitute and
appoint my wife and my son John White, Executors of this my last Will
and Testament. In witness I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my
seal this 14th July, 1798.
John (his mark) White     {Seal}
Test.
William Guthrie
German/Gorman? Guthrie
                Proved July Sessions 1799
                by William Guthrie-
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Will of James Wicker, made 13 Jan. 1789- probated Nov. session 1794
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.50001, Vol. 2, pg. 30

"In the name of God Amen, I James Wicker of Chatham County and State of
North Carolina being in good health mind and memory thanks be to God
the it do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament.
In Primis, I do lend unto Milley my lawfull and loving Wife after the
payment of my Debts and funeral Expenses, The plantation and lands
whereon I now live together with all my household furniture and my
stock of horses and hogs and eight heads of sheep (smeared) cattle and
a negroe girl named Phillis to have and to hold the said lands stock
and negroe and all there (sp) increase during her life and after her
death I do give and bequeath the said plantation land household
furniture stock and negroe and all their increase t be divided amongst
Sarah Hester Milley Hester and Prissilla Wicker to them and their heirs
forever.
Secondly, I do give unto Sarah Hester two head of cattle to her and her
heirs forever.
I also give unto Milley Hester two head of cattle to her and heirs
forever. I give unto Prissilla Wicker two head of cattle and womans
saddle to her and her heirs forever.
I also give unto my nephew Jonathan Wicker one cow to him and his heirs
forever, and my nephew James Wicker I give my rifle gun to him and his
heirs forever.
And I also appoint Henry Colyer and Jonathan Badgett as Executors of
this my last will and testament and I do hereby disanul and revoke all
other wills before made by me I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
13th of January 1789.
James (his X mark) Wicker

Signed sealed and published in the presents of
Thomas (his X mark) Wicker
Elizabeth (her X mark) Wicker
Susanna (her X mark Wicker
Returned November Session 1794 and duly proved by the oath of Thomas
Wicker in open court
A copy Test John Ramsey, C.C.
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Contributor's Note:  The spelling, capitalization and punctuation are
unchanged from the original document.  My editorial comments are found
in  [   ].

Vol. 1. pg. 17, 17a & 18 in the Chatham Co., Wills, NC State
Archive Film # C.022. 5001

In the name of God Amen  I Thomas Wicker Sen'r of Chatham County and
State No' Carolina planter being in perfect health mind and memory
thanks be given unto God for it but calling unto mind the Mortality of
my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make
and ordain this my last Will & Testament that is to say principally &
first of all I give & recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God
that gave it and as touching such worldly goods & Estate wherewith it
has pleased God to bless me with in this life after all my just debts
being first paid I give & demise [devise ?] & dispose of the same in the
following manner and form __
    First I do lend Mary my dearly beloved Wife during her natural life
the plantation whereon I now live together with all the Household goods
& furniture the stock of every kind and all that my appurtain thereto to
be freely possessed by her until her decease then and at which time I do
give & bequeath the said plantation to my son Robert Wicker & his heirs
forever and the said Household goods & furniture Horses & stock of all
kinds and every thing that may appurtain to the said plantation I do
leave to be sold agreeable to Law at the discretion of my Executors and
after all Just Debts being first paid out of the same to be equally
divided amongst each and every one of my Children __
Secondly I give to my son David Wicker one Negroe wench named Doll, only
not to be possessed until his Mother deceases then to him and his Heirs
forever whom I likewise constitute make and ordain together with my son
Thomas Wicker Jr. the Executors of this my last Will and Testament
Thirdly I give to my son Benjamin Wicker and his Heirs forever one
Negroe Boy named Harry.
Fourthly I give to my son Thomas Wicker Junr. and his Heirs forever one
Negroe girle named Jinny
Fifthly I give to my son James Wicker and his Heirs forever one Negroe
girle named Phillis
Sixthly I give to my son John Wicker and his Heirs forever one Negroe
girle named Kate
Seventhly I give to my Daughter Temperance and the Heirs of her body
forever one Negroe Man named Isaac and I do hereby utterly disavow
revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments Wills and
Legacies and bequests and Executors by me in any wise before named
Willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be
my last Will & Testament  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand
& affixed my seal this Twenty fourth day of August in the year of our
Lord one thousand seven Hundred and Eighty one.
Signed Sealed Published
and acknowledged
                         Signed Thomas (his X mark) Wicker  {Seal}
In presence of
James Servt. Jones
Davis (his X mark)  Parrish
        Proved in open court February Session 1784 by the oath of James
Servt. Jones
            A Copy Test   John Ramsey C.C.
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CHATHAM COUNTY, NC - WILLS - Rebecca Wilcox, 30 Aug 1808
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Will  of Rebecca Wilcox -
Chatham Co. NC Record of Wills
Film # 022.80001
Vol. A. pg. 158 1808
 

I Rebecca Wilcox of the county of Chatham in the State of North
Carolina, Widow, being weak and sick of body but of sound & disposing
mind and memory calling to mind the uncertainty of life and the
certainty of death, do think it prudent and necessary to make the
following disposition. First my Will is that all my just (debts) be paid
by Executors to be hereafter named. And whereas the Negroes in my
possession and also Lucy and her increase in the possession of James
Alston and Harry in the possession of my son John Wilcox were settled on
some of my Children that is to say Mary wife of John McLennan and my
three oldest sons, John, Thomas and James Wilcox & my three other
children having no share and title in any of the Negroes. It is my wish
and desire that my children should all be provided for as near alike as
can be. And I earnestly recommend to my three oldest sons James Alston,
& the Guardians of my Granddaughter Jane Wilcox McLennan to consent to
make an equal division of the said Negroes with my three children to
wit: Elizabeth Barge, George Wilcox and Rebecca Wilcox. If such equal
division should be made of the said Negroes my Will is that my seven
surviving children and my Granddaughter Jane Wilcox McLennan shall all
be entitled to equal shares of all the Lands of which I am seized and
possessed. But, if my three oldest Children James Alston and the
guardian of my said Grand daughter shall refuse to make an equal
division of the Negroes aforesaid ; My will then is that my other three
children Elizabeth Barge, George Wilcox and Rebecca Wilcox  shall be
provided for out of my Land so as for them to full as good estates as
these of my children & Grand daughter holding the sd Negroes. And if my
Lands should be considered more valuable than three fifths of the
Negroes the overplus & residue to be equally divided amongst all my
children and my said Grand daughter. And if it should be found
advantageous to make sale of any or all of my Lands. I do hereby
authorize & empower my Executors to do so & to make conveyance thereof
to the purchasers. I give & bequeath to my son George my daughter
Rebecca and my daughter Jane W. McLennan each a Feather Bed Bedstead &
furniture. My silver Mug (or Tankard) I give and bequeath to my son John
Wilcox all my silver spoons and other small silver plate. I give to my
daughter Rebecca and my Grand daughter Jane W. McLennon to be equally
divided between them. I do nominate & appoint my trusty Friends Thomas
Waddell & Murdock McKenzie to be Guardian of Daughter Rebecca and Grand
daughter Jane W. McLennon and wish them to take charge of their
education and their property until they shall arrive at years of
maturity. I give and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca my Mahoggany Tea
Table and as I have not given my son James a Bed it is my will that he
shall have as much allowed him over and above his share and dividend  as
will purchase a Bed & furniture for him. All my other property not
herein bequeathed I will to be disposed of by my Executors at their
discretion Lastly I do nominate and appoint my four sons John, Thomas,
George & James Wilcox, James Alston, Lucas Barge Jr. Murdock McKenzie &
Thomas Waddell to be executors of this my last will and testament.
Hereby revoking & making void all other wills by me made and
acknowledging this & no other as my last will & testament. In witness
whereof I the said Rebecca Wilcox have hereunto set my hand and seal the
30th day of August 1808. Note. The clause relating to Elizabeth Barge
having paid Eighty pounds ---- and the interlinations made before the
extension.?
                                Rebecca Wilcox {Seal}

Signed Sealed published and declared by the Testatrix to be her last
will and testament in the presence of us the subscribing witnesses who
saw each other subscribe as such.
Mary Montgomery
Philip Alston
Drew Sr. Alston         Proved Nov. 1808 by Philip Alston
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John Wilkerson Will, dated December 14, 1787, no probate date
Chatham Co., Record of Estates, Vol. 1, pg. 33 (b)
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

In the name of god amen I John Wilkerson of the County of Chatham
planter. Being very sick and weak in Body but of perfect mind and
memory thanks be given unto god, calling unto mind the mortality of my
Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make
and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally
and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of almighty
god that gave it, and my Body I recommend to the earth to be buried in
decent Christian burial, at the discretion of my executor nothing
doubting that at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same
again by the mighty power of god, and as touching such worldly estate
wherewith it has please god to bless me in the life I give and demise
of the same in the following manner and forme__
first I give and bequeath to Margaret my dearly beloved wife one third
part of my estate to be possessed by her as her own property with a
young Black Mare which I give to her in her third of my estate whome I
make and Constitute and ordain with my son Robert Executrix and
Executor of this my last Will and Testament __
also I give to my well beloved son Solomon and my grandson William my
plantation including two Hundred Thirty seven acres of land to be
equally divided between them by them freely to be possessed and
enjoued__
also I give to my son Isiah one Black Mare with a Bale? face as his
one property forever, and the rest of my household goods and moveable
Estate I give amongst all my Childering eaqually to be divided amongst
them all by a apraisement and not sold by them freely to be, possessed
and enjoued and I do hereby utterly disavow, revoke, and disannul all
and every other former Testaments Wills, Legacies, Bequests, and
executors, by me in any wise before named Willed and bequeathed
ratifying and confirming this and not other to be my last Will and
Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
fourteenth day of December in the year of our lord one thousand seven
hundred and Eighty Seven
Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said John
Wilkerson as his last Will and testament in the presents of us who in
his presence and in the presence of each other have heart subscribed
our names
John Ratcliff
Thomas Rubottom
Singed John (his 8 mark) Wilkerson
A Copy Test John Ramsey C. C.
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Will of James Willis - Made 1 Aug. 1795 - Proved Nov., 1790
Chatham Co., Record of Estates, Vol. 2, pg. 98
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001 - 1782-1799

In the name of God Amen
I James Willis of the County of Chatham and State of North Carolina,
Being in a Low State of Health in body but my memory, sound and intire
and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die Do make this my
Last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows. -
First, that all my Just debts, be paid. Then I give & leave in the
following manner
1. Item  I give unto my Daughter Suckey Willis one feather Bed &
furniture also one Cow & Calf one sow & pigg one Ewe & Lamb & five pound
worth in pewter,
2. Item  I give unto my Daughter Jamima Willis one feather Bed &
furniture, one cow & Calf one sow & pigg one Ewe & Lamb and five pounds
worth in pewter.
3. Item  I give unto my son Willson Willis three Hundred acres of land
on White Oak Creek  also one Horse saddle & Bridle.
4. Item  I give unto my son Larkin Willis all the Land, I purchas'd of
John Caudle also one Horse saddle & Bridle.
5. Item  I give unto Daughter Molly Willis one feather Bed & furniture
one cow & calf one sow & pigg one Ewe & Lamb & five pounds worth in
pewter.
6. Item  I give unto my daughter Nanney Willis one feather Bed &
furniture one cow & calf one sow & pigg one Ewe & Lamb and five pounds
worth laid out in pewter
7. Item  I give unto my two young sons Elijah & Elisha Willis all the
remainder of my Lands to be Equally divided by my Exec'rs also one Horse
saddle & Bridle (Each)
Item, Now I lend unto my beloved Wife Elizibeth Willis all the remainder
of my Estate during Her natural Life or Widdow Hood and at her marriage
or Death I desire the remainder of my stock with all my working tools to
be Equally divided between my four mentioned sons then, all the
remainder of my Estate to be Equally divided By my Exe'rs. & such men as
they shall choose to assist? them, Between my six Daughters Rebeccah
Caudle, Sally Crow, Suckey Willis, Jemima Willis, Molley Willis, Nanney
Willis.
Now, hear I make an observation, all the part of my Estate following
(falling?) to my Daughter Rebeccah Caudle, my son Larkin Willis is to
take and keep in possession and keep untill her husband John Caudle doth
make a good and Lawfull Deed to the sd Lands I give to my son Larkin
Willis then the said Larkin is to give up the said part Belonging to sd
Rebeccah to  be the said Rebeccah's with the Heirs of Her own Body only
forever-
Lastly Item  I do hearby constitute appoint and Ordain my son Wilson
Willis with Thomas Bell, Executors of the my Last Will & Testament to
Divide or have divided at there own discretion without any order of
court agreeable to above mentioned and I do hearby disannul and Revoke
all former Wills and acknowledge this and this only to be my Last Will
and in Witness whereof I have & hearunto set my hand & seal this 1st day
of August 1795.
                Signed James Willis   {Seal}
Test
Michael Wilson, Jun'r
Samuel Willson
                Proved at November Term 1796 by the oath of Samuel Wilson (x)
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Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A, pg. 193b
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.80001

MY NOTE: This will is typed and then microfilmed.

William Willis Will dated Feb., 20, 1801

In the Year of our Lord 1801, Feb. 20th I, William Willis of the county
of Chatham & State of North Carolina do make & alledge this my last will
& Testament. I give & bequeath unto my wife Honour Willis every thing
during her life, and after my just debts are paid and after her deceas
Nancy Olieve Ten pounds, Rebecca Cain Five pounds, Molly Moos five
pounds Polly Moos five pounds Sinthy Cain I give one Negro Gal that I
bought of Elisha Cain named Mimey, Susaner Rhoads five pounds
I request of Susaner Rhoads all that I lent to her to give up in order
to pay my debts And after the deceas of my Wife Honour Willis, all to be
sold & equally divided between Sinthy Cain and Iry Olieve there is a
mistake made of ten pounds which I, give to Britain Moos. I leave Abel
Olieve my whole executor
                        William (his mark "M") Willis
George Wood
Test
William Goodwin
The above will was proved in open Court by the oath of William
Goodwin a subscribing witness thereto -whereupon Abel the xecet'r
therein
named refused to qualify.
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Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A, pg. 192
N.C. State Archives film @ C.022.80001

In the Name of God Amen, I Mychael Willson, Senr. of the county of
Chatham State of No. Carolina, planter being in a disorderly condition
of body but in my mind and memory perfect and as such I do make and
ordain this my Last will & Testament that is to say principally as I am
convinced that my time is short I give demise and dispose of the same in
the following manner and form.
Item I lend my wife Amy Willson one bed and furniture one brindel bow
and calf one Loumb (Loom) and gears one cotten wheel & cards Earthen
Ware and pewter all divided by my wife and young son Myke Willson Juner.
Item at the death of my wife I give and bequeath the same to my daughter
Milley Thrailkill.
Item. Also at the death of my wife I give my grandchild, Nancy Christian
one coverled (coverlet)
Item, I give and bequeath my son Mychael Willson Junr. one horse saddle
and bridle one black cow Cven (Seven?) head of hogs two pots and hooks
with all the rest of my household furniture together with all of my
working tools and I doe ordain and constitute Mychael Willson and Jesse
Thrailkill Executors of this my Last will and Testament and doe thereby
certify disalow revoak and disanul all and every other former Testament
will requests and executors by me in any wise before named wills this
and no other to be my Last will and Testament in Witness hereof I have
set my hand and seal this first day of March 1800.
Signed sealed and delivered by the sd Mychael Willson as his last will &
testament in presents of us
                                Michael Willson, Senr. {Seal}
Test.
Wm. Franks
James Thrailkill

My Note:
I would like to correspond with anyone that has Michael as an ancestor.
He is said to be mine but, no real proof. He evidently had two or more
wives, if he is mine, the last one Amy being the mother of Myke? is not
my ancestor/ancestress.
I believe he had two sons one Mykael Junr and Myke. (I know they are
supposed to be the same name) but, read the will carefully. He says, his
YOUNG son Myke and then his Executor is Mychael Willson. He also has a
granddaughter Nancy. So, if Myke is his young son, he is not the same as
Mykael Jr. Children were called infants until they were 21 years of age
but, they could not be executors until they were 21. If he was old
enough to have a grand child. His young son Myke would have to be by a
second or more marriage??
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Will of Jacob Wimberly - dated Apr 3, 1801

Wife, Martha

Sons, Mark and David

Exec: Gray Barbee and son David Marsh

Wit: Gray Barbee, Betsy Barbee

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Daniel Winter Will dated 6 Apr., 1796, proved Feb., 1800
Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A (1798-1819) pg. 160-B
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.80001

Note: Daniel is probably, a Quaker

I Daniel Winter of Chatham county North Carolina thinking it mindful for
the my outward affairs to make this my last Will Testament. Making void
all former will and confirming this present writing.
Firstly - I will that my Executors hereinafter named to pay all my just
debts and expenses of burial.
Secondly- I give to my son Samuel Winter one dollar or its value in
Cash.
Thirdly- I give an bequeath to my daughter Sarah the North end of the
land my deed describes the South and being conveyed by me to John Dixon,
the boundary whereof may be seen in his deed. the remaining part or
North part as described in a Deed of  conveyance from Jacob Griggs? to me.
I give to my Daughter Sarah her heirs and assigns forever.
Fourthly- I give to my Daughter Lydia one Dollar
Fifthly- I give and bequeath to my daughters Nancy? Ruth & Ann twenty
five pounds apiece.
Sixthly- I give to Joseph Dixon son of my late Dec'd wife, my bed and
furniture belonging thereto.

(Note: I believe in this case he means his step son, as he mentions his
wife was married before, to a Dixon.)

Seventhly- I give to my daughter Sarah all the rest of my property
whatever. Lastly I appoint my son in law Nathan Dixon to execute this my
last will and TEstament in witness whereof. I se my hand and seal, this
6th day of Apl. 1796
                        Daniel Winter    {Seal}
Witnesses
James Underwood , Jurat
George Dixon
Hannah Dixon
                Proved February, 1800 by the oath of James Underwood, a subscribing
witness thereto
                                Test. J. R.
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NOTE: This will was submitted by David Richards richadj@gmail.com

The will of Hugh Woody Chatham County Record of Wills Vol. B 1818-1833  pages 92-94 (North Carolina State Archives Microfilm c.022.80001) dated 5 Aug  1825, proved Nov 1826

Be it remembered that I Hugh Woody of Chatham County and the State of North Carolina being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect at mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz  first my will is that all my just debts together with my funeral charges be paid out of my estate. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Woody the sum of 500 dollars for her use and at her disposal and also two hundred acres of the land on which I now live including my dwelling house barn Spring Meadow and orchard for her use as long as she remains my widow.
 

I give and bequeath to my sons James and Robert Woody all my lands lying on Mudlick Creek.  James to have as much off of my land adjoining his as will make equal value with what is left and Robert to have the remainder including the building formally occupied by Thomas Hadley to hold to them and their heirs and assigns forever. I also give and bequeath to my above named sons the sum of one hundred dollars apiece.
 

I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Woody (The typist assumes he is referring to land but there is no word between Woody and lying) lying on Haw River in Orange County to him and his heirs and assigns forever. I also give and bequeath to my son Thomas the sum of 100 dollars including the legacy left him by his grand father Hadley which is in my hands. I give and bequeath to my son Hugh Woody all of the plantation which I now live together with all my other lands adjoining it and also my saw mill with the materials thereinto belonging to hold to him the said Hugh Woody his heirs and assigns forever. the intent and meaning of my will is that the land and premises I leave with my wife be Hughs at the expiration f her widowhood. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Dixon the sum of two hundred dollars. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Woody the sum of four hundred dollars including the legacy left to her by her grand father which is in my hand. I give and bequeath to my daughter Ruth Woody the sum of four hundred dollars. I give and bequeath to my daughter Hannah Woody the sum of four hundred dollars.
I give and bequeath to my grand son Hugh Dixon the sum of ten dollars.  it is my will that if any of my children shall die whilst in minority and without  spouse that there legacy be equally divided between the survivors my wife receiving a childs part.
I Authorize my executor hereafter named to sell all of my personal estate goods and chattels of what kind or Nature so ever and make an equal division of the money between my wife and children male and female as if named. After the above willed sums are made up and provided there are not enough to make them up reduce each ones legacy in proportion to the sum willed
I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint Samuel Woody and James Woody executor of this my last will and testament for which I allow them twenty five dollar each and lastly my wish and desire is that you my dear children may conduct yourselves with submission and consideration one toward another as becometh brother and sister and as children devoted to  the lord.
I witness whereof I have hereinto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of the eigth month in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five
                                          Hugh Woody          seal
Signed sealed and acknowledged by
the said Hugh Woody to be his last
will and testament in the presence of
Aron Lindley
Joshua Hadley                       proved Nov Sessions 1826
Thomas Stout
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Submitted by -   Dave Richards  richadj@gmail.com

The Will of James Woody b 22 Jul 1797 Chatham Co NC d 17 Sep 1859 Chatham Co NC. He is son of Hugh Woody and Ruth Hadley
(Source: Chatham County Record of Wills Vol D (1858-1866) pages 49-50, North Carolina State Archives Microfilm C.22.80003)
 

Be it remembered that I James Woody of North Carolina Chatham County knowing the uncertainty of my time here: such that is appointed unto all men once to die: do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following-- Item 1st I give bequeath and divine to my sons Nathan D. Woody John M Woody and Daniel W Woody all my real and personal estate of whatsoever kind (Unintelligible word) or nature except the bequests hereafter made to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike. I wish nothing sold. Item 2nd I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Ella J Woody the sum of ten dollars. Item 3rd I give and bequeath to my grandson James P Woody the sum of twenty dollars. Item 4th I give and bequeath to my cousin Rebecca Marshburn a certain note or bond made by Mahlon Pecket the principal of which is about one hundred and twenty five dollars and if she is not satisfied with that for services rendered in (Unintelligible word) of the house it is my will that she be paid more and I desire that my sons may furnish her privileges of a home amongst them as long as she may desire it. I lastly do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my sons Nathan D Woody, John M Woody and Daniel W Woody sole executors of my last will and testament to execute the same according to the true intent and meaning thereof. I the said James Woody do herewith let my hand and seal this 9th day of the 3rd month Anno Domini 1859.
Signed and delivered by the said James Woody to be his last will and testament in the presence of Joseph Henry? and Jovah? (Possibly Jonah) Henry?

signed and sealed by James Woody
Note by transcriber: Rebecca Marshburn is daughter of William Marshburn and Hannah Johnson. Hannah Johnson is James Woody’s Cousin (Both grandchildren of James Woody and Mary Laughlin) so Rebecca is his first cousin once removed.
 
 
 

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CHATHAM COUNTY, NC - WILLS - John Womack, Sr., 29 Jul 1813
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John Womack, Sr. Will - Dated 29 July 1813, Probated Feb. 1814
Chatham Co. Will Bk. A pg. 242
NCSA Film # C.022.80001

In the name of God, Amen. I John Womack Sr. of Chatham County and State
of North Carolina, being in Sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be
God do make publish and ordain this my last Will and Testament this
Twenty Ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight
hundred and Thirteen in manner as follows.
First, I give and bequeath unto my son Rora Womack, the tract of Land
whereon I now live containing Two hundred and Eighty Six Acres, also
Fifty Acres on the River concluding the Mill, also one Negro Man by the
name of Ned.
Item. I give unto my son William Allen who generally goes by the name of
William Womack one Negro Man by the name of Sam.
Item. I lend unto Susannah? Allen her life all the stock of Horses,
Cows,
Hogs and all the Household and Kitchen furniture & plantation utensils
with the crop that is now growing and after her death to be equally
divided between Robert William and Elizabeth Allen.
Item. I give unto my (son?) James Womack five shillings to be raised out
of my Estate.
Item. I give unto my son John Womack five shillings to be raised out of
my estate.
Item. I give unto my daughter Patsey Parham five shillings to be raised
out of my estate.
Item. I give unto my daughter Nancy Baute/Ballte/Bante? Five shillings
to be raised out of my estate.
 I do also ordain and appoint Rora Womack and William Allen my
executors to this my last Will & Testament. Signed and ordained and
published by the said John Womack to be his last will and Testament in
the presents of us the year and date above written.
                                John Womack   {Seal}

Test.
Parish Cross
                        Proved Feby 1814 by Parish Cross
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Will of William Wood - Dated 3 Nov 1801

Wife, Mary

Sons Jesse, William, Henry, James, Bennett, Jonathan, David

Daughters Sally. Betsey, Nancy

Exec: son Henry

Wit: B? Daniel

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Will of Jonathan Zachry - 1795 - Chatham Co., NC - Record of Estates
1782-1799  Vol. 2, pg. 57, 57(b)  NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

In the Name of God Amen I Jonathan Zachariah of the County of Chatham in
the State of North Carolina being in a low State of health at present
but in perfect Mind and memory blessed by God for his Mercy and knowing
that it is ordained for all men Once to die. do this 10th day of May in
the year of our lord One thousand seven hundred Ninety five make and
ordain this to be my last will Testament that is to say in the first
place I recommend my soul to God that first gave it me a being and my
body to the grave to be burried in a decent christian like manner at the
discretion of my Executors and as to my worldly estate that it been
pleased God to bless me with I mean to dispose of as follows. To wit,
and it is my Desire that there should be Enough of my Estate sold to pay
off all my Just Debts. and after all my Just Debts is paid it is also my
desire that the remaining of my Estate with all my Out Standing Debts be
Equally divided between my beloved wife Jane Allen Zachry and four
Children Viz. my beloved son William Zachry Betsy Zachary. Nancy Zachary
and & Jonathan Zachary. & that it is also my desire that my beloved wife
Jane Allen Zachary b Executrix and Langston Bowen Gordan Exectr.  In
Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day and year
above written.
Test
James (his X mark) Bohannon            Signed Jonathan Zachry  {Seal}
    Betsy Bohannon                        Proved at August Sessions 1795
by
                                                            James
Bohannon
[Note, the several spellings of the last name, all in one document.. Do
we wonder why we can't find our ancestors ? ]
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